Alumnae Sisters Blazing Blue Knight Trails

Steffie Lybeck ’10, M’12 graduates with her MBA during this month’s Fall commencement. She knew exactly what to write when a request for Urbana stories went out to graduates from the Office of Alumni Relations.  She’s not just a first generation college student, but she and her sister are both first generation Urbana University graduates. 

Steffie loves her sister Erin ’07 and the place she has called home for the past six years, Urbana University.  Steffie, who has been an Admissions Counselor serving in the northwest region of Ohio since February 2012 states, “I’m a walking billboard for Urbana!  Whether it’s at the grocery store or in my hometown, Urbana always seems to come up in conversation!”

“I don’t know if I will ever be able to show my gratitude to a place that has changed my life, my sister’s life, and my family for the better,” states Steffie.  Read her story below and write to to share how Urbana University changed your life.


Blue Knight Siblings

By Steffie Lybeck ’10, M’12

Throughout childhood, everyone has a role-model.  This person is someone to look up to, act like, and even dress-like.  Even though my sister, Erin Lybeck ‘07, is 6 years older than me, I wanted to be just like her.  It was very hard at times to understand that being 6 years younger meant  I couldn’t wear makeup, go out with her friends, or even stay up as late as she could. She was my biggest role-model and my hero. I don’t know where my life would be today if I didn’t have her in my life.

In 2000, Erin enrolled at Urbana University as an education major and was a member of the Blue Knight Women’s basketball team. After that year, she transferred to Ohio State, but soon found herself back at the place she felt the most at home, Urbana University in 2006.

Since I graduated high school in 2006, we found ourselves entering Urbana University at the same time.  I enrolled the same semester she returned and looked up to her the entire time.  I graduated in 2010 with my bachelor’s in business management and will now graduate on Saturday, December 3, 2012 with my Masters of Business Administration.

Urbana University has made a huge impact on my family, especially because my sister and I are first generation members in our family to receive a college degree.  Now we both have an MBA!  My parents wanted to make sure that we had better opportunities than they did; they have made us promise to do the same for our children.  Erin, who lives in Marysville, Ohio, works for Pacer International in Human Resources.   I plan to continue my education some day and work towards a PhD to become a college professor. I also believe that this will create better opportunities for my children than I had and give me the opportunity to reach out to future college students.   

Erin and I have made a lifelong connection through the faculty and staff to Urbana University. We both met some of our best friends during our time we spent on campus. I know that this is not just a University, but a place that will always have a place in my heart. I don’t know if I will ever be able to show my gratitude to a place that has changed my life, my sister’s life, and my family for the better. My sister and I are forever Urbana University alumni, but most all, forever a Blue Knight.

Thank you Urbana University!

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